James A. Bland (1854 - 1911)
United States (USA)
James Alan Bland (also known as Jimmy Bland) (12 October 1854 ? 6 May 1911) was an African American musician and song writer. He was one of 8 children born in Flushing, New York to a free family before the abolition of slavery in the United States. Beginning with an eight-dollar banjo purchased by his father, he was performing professionally by age 14.
Bland was educated in Washington, DC and graduated from Howard University in 1873. He wrote over 700 songs, including "In the Evening by the Moonlight," O Dem Golden Slippers and "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny", published in 1878, which, in a ... (Read all)